PREGAME: It’s Daniel Hudson and Edwin Jackson doing battle in the rubber game of the series.
Hudson has 4 appearances this season, but he made his first start on Monday against the Twins. He went 5 innings and held the Twins to 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits with 4 K’s. He also walked 4. Considering what the Twins have been doing to everybody else lately (they smoked Buehrle and Danks following the Hudson start) that was pretty impressive.
Scouting Hudson’s last outing, it looks like he throws a fastball at about 93-94mph, a change-up, and a slider. The change-up was his best swing-and-miss pitch but also the one he had the least control of.
Jackson will make his 3rd start of the year against Chicago. Despite walking 8 and only striking out 6 in 12 innings only 5 runs have crossed the plate
POSTGAME: What started out so promising sure did spin out of control by the end of the game. Curtis Granderson got things started with a leadoff homer. That was it for the offense until 1 run in the 6th inning and a couple of “let’s not make this so look so bad” runs in the 9th inning.
Edwin Jackson didn’t seem to enjoy pitching with a lead. He gave back 1 run in the 2nd and then he got down to business retiring 10 in a row. Until the Tigers got him that lead in the 6th and Jackson promptly got XBH’d to death for 3 runs and that was it for his chance at a win.
- Brandon Inge’s series could only be described as miserable. He was 0 for the series with 8 K’s, 2 E’s, and though it wasn’t an error, he failed to make a play on Alex Rios’ double leading off the 6th.The play wasn’t routine, but it wasn’t exactly web-gemmy either.
- Curtis Granderson picked up 5 hits in a row between last night and today, and it would have been 7 except for a nice running play by Alex Rios. And these weren’t bloops. Grandy was hitting bullets all over the park.
- Fernando Rodney…not so much.
- At least Trey Hillman managed aggressively with a Zach Greinke Cy Young Award in mind and he put in Joakim Soria for a 2 inning save, which he recorded successfully despite some tension.
- Though Jackson got the loss, I thought he looked better today than in Cleveland. He had better command and his slider seemed to have more bite. The difference in results was that the Indians hit their hard hit balls at people, plus the White Sox have more firepower.